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peaceful haven of tranquility along the South Coast, also known as the
Hibiscus or Strelitzia Coast, is the perfect place for holiday makers
looking for an action-packed or a laze-on-the-beach itinerary. This little
town offers almost every activity possible on land and sea. The first
township laid out South of Durban in 1860, Scottburgh was named in honour
of the governor of Natal, John Scott. On 7th August 1874, the first ship,
the "Alexandra" made her first call at Port Scottburgh. But in
1877 the shipping company went bankrupt. North of Scottburgh, you will
find Clansthal, where the Aliwal Shoal lies - 2 1/2 miles offshore, 1 mile
long and 3/4 miles wide. Discovered in 1849 by Captain James Anderson of
the barque "Aliwal" when he narrowly missed a collision with it.
A light house was eventually built at Clansthal and another at Scottburgh
in 1892 to mark this shoal, and later it was moved to Port Shepstone.
The Green Point Lighthouse: A national monument situated on a hill
high above the Aliwal Shoal to prevent ships from meeting their fate with
this beautiful but dangerous rocky formation.
Sezela Sugar Mill: Tours can be arranged at the Scottburgh
Publicity Office to view one of the largest sugar mills in South Africa.
Crocworld: North of Scottburgh on the old Main road. View the Nile
crocs from a safe distance, feeding is twice daily which is always a
spectacular sight. A short trail is also available and indigenous birds
like flamingos and fish eagles can be seen.
T.C Nature Reserve: Just outside Scottburgh, this Park offers
guided walks, very scenic with various small animals and birds in the
area. A self-guided trail is also available as well as braai and toilet
Umdoni Park: Close to Botha House, holiday home of former South
African President and the Umdoni Golf Course. Home to wild and beautiful
plant life and the colourful Knysna Loerie. Enjoy a peaceful trail through
the giant Umdoni and Natal Mahogany trees.
Swimming: Scottburgh's main beach has shark nets and lifeguards all
year round. Rocky Bay beach has shark nets and lifeguards in season, it is
a great beach for shell collecting and snorkeling. Many other beaches in
the area are also open to swimming, rock and tidal pools found at the
beaches are great for children and offer an interesting past time.
Diving: The Aliwal Shoal is the best diving spot on the Southern
shores after Sodwana Bay, offering colourful marine and plant life.
Various diving charters can be found in Umkomaas.
Walking Trails: The South Coast has an abundance of trails for you
to explore with a diverse and interesting fauna and flora collection.
Small animals such as vervet monkeys and blue duiker can be seen as well
as a large variety of colourful birds which will keep the bird watcher
enthusiast fascinated for hours.
Golf: There are 4 nationally acclaimed golf courses for you to
choose from for a relaxing round of golf. The Scottburgh, Selborne, Umdoni
and Umkomaas are all available to book at.
Fishing: Game fishing Charters are available for bookings in the
area for the ultimate fishing experience. Umkomaas, the river mouth is
another popular fishing spot, as well as the rocky area of Umdoni.
Sport: Various other sports are available in the town, such as
surfing, horse riding and hiking. Bowling and tennis are available at the
local Country Clubs.